What Does a Wedding DJ Do? Are They Really That Important?

A wedding DJ and MC (Master of Ceremonies) play important roles in any wedding reception, providing the music and entertainment for the evening and helping to keep the event running smoothly. Here’s a closer look at what wedding DJs and MCs do:

  1. Music selection: One of the main responsibilities of a wedding DJ is selecting and playing the music for the reception. This includes choosing a wide range of songs that will appeal to guests of all ages, as well as taking requests and playing music that is appropriate for the occasion. This may not sound like a big deal, but between pre-ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, and then dancing; there’s often over 7 hours of music played during your wedding, and it’s important to have someone who can make it feel unique to you as a couple!
  2. Sound and lighting: In addition to selecting and playing music, wedding DJs are also responsible for setting up and operating the sound, microphones, and lighting equipment for the reception. Lighting is a huge way to enhance the look of your room and can be done in such a way to complement floral arrangements, and décor of the room. Not to mention encourage your guests to get dancing! (Because who wants to dance in a fluorescent room with grandma giving you a death stare as you ‘Get low low low low’).
Brian and Christine perform their first dance with blue uplights behind them
Roche Harbor Reception
  1. The MC, or Master of Ceremonies, plays a key role in keeping the wedding reception running smoothly. They introduce the wedding party, make announcements, and help to coordinate the flow of events throughout the evening. A good MC will not only help ensure everyone knows what’s going on at all times, but can bring a whole new level of fun and humor depending on the vibe you want to create. With options such as things like the Shoe game, unique bridal party entrances, or intros for your toasters. There’s a million ways your MC can bring your wedding to the next level!
  2. Coordinating with vendors: A good wedding DJ or MC will also work closely with other vendors, such as the wedding planner and photographer, to ensure that everything runs smoothly and according to plan. This includes coordinating with the wedding planner to ensure that all events and activities are scheduled in a timely manner and communicating with the photographer to ensure they never miss the moment (as well as making sure all those smiles they capture are genuine from your guests!)

Overall, a wedding DJ and MC play a vital role in making a wedding reception a success. By providing the music and entertainment, making announcements, and coordinating with other vendors, they help to create an enjoyable and memorable experience for the newlyweds and their guests. No other vendor will be nearly as visible (or audible), so it’s important to pick one who can help you create a night to remember (rather than a terrible DJ who will just leave you wanting an evening to forget!)

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